Ferroseismic is a realtime installation piece that uses live earthquake data from an RSS feed and visualises it through the matter of Ferrofluid.
Data from the RSS gets processed with Arduino and Processing to detect (using the coordinates from the feed) where in relation to the UK the seismic activity is and then give it the value of North, South, East or West. This will then mean earthquakes detected in the East will be represented in the left petri dish of ferrofluid, and earthquakes in the North (Greenland etc) would be displayed in the top petri dish and vice versa. There will be 4 petri dishes laid out like a compass or a cross for the 4 directions. This will let users see where in the world has the most seismic activity in realtime. So the more activity in a specific area will be relayed by a more intense movement in the Ferrofluid.
The design of the equipment is shown below. Basically the Arduino has 4 relays connected to it that each have their own circuit with a 9V battery and a DC motor. On this motor is a wheel with a magnet at the top, so as it goes round the magnet goes up and down on the Y plane, creating an UP/DOWN effect that will magnetise the Ferrofluid suspended in water (contained in a petri dish) above the magnet/motor combo. Depending on the seismic activity in the 4 regions the Arduino will make the Relays pulse faster speeding up the motors in turn making the magnet go up and down faster so the Ferrofluid will react accordingly.
The name 'Ferroseismic' comes from a mixture of Ferrofluid and Seismic Activity, which is the two main things the project is about. For the branding we wanted something clean and simple. It had to contrast but also look sterile for the environment which Ferrofluid looks and acts best in. We chose a simple black and white look with good old' Helvetica Neue.
It works brilliantly in the video and helps to convey the modern, slightly sinister looking Ferrofluid whilst looking professional and elegant.
Ferroseismic was well received with the physical audience, but the online response was fantastic. Myself and Jay also managed to get featured on a variety of some of my most visited websites so I was very happy with that!
Thank you all.